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Small Business Insurance

Your small businesses needs many types of coverage in order to adequately secure itself against losses in the event of certain common business casualties. Common elements of small business insurance include:

  • General Liability Insurance: This policy covers a business against claims arising from problems like libel, slander, medical expenses, property damage, medical expenses, and the cost of defending against a lawsuit.
  • Product Liability Insurance: If you deal with a product - whether it's manufacturing, retailing, wholesaling, or just distributing it - you may be responsible for keeping it (and people in the area around it) safe. The amount required depends mainly on the products involved - the larger and/or heavier the products are, the more coverage is needed.
  • Professional Liability Insurance: Similarly, if you provide any kind of professional service, you may need coverage for errors, malpractice, and negligence. Some companies are required to have this type of coverage (especially, though not exclusively, those in the medical field).
  • Commercial Property Insurance: If your small business owns any kind of physical property (an office, a retail store, a warehouse, etc.), this coverage insures it against a wide variety of natural and man-made forms of damage. If your business is particularly vulnerable to a certain type of damage (flooding, vandalism, etc.), you may need additional coverage for that specific problem.
  • Home-Based Insurance: If you're running a business from your home, then your homeowner's insurance probably doesn't cover any of your business operations. You may need to purchase additional coverage separately, or as an extension of your existing plan. Speak to a Maryann Wain Insurance agents to find out.

Many other industry-specific forms of coverage are available. For more information about what policies are the most important for your business, talk to one of our agents and ask for a full risk assessment. You can research forms of insurance through reputable sources—this information is available for free online, courtesy of groups like the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

Insurance Requirements for Small Business

All small businesses are required to have Workers' Compensation, Unemployment Insurance, and sometimes Disability Insurance. Other requirements for small business insurance vary by industry, as well as local, state, and federal law.

What constitutes a small business?

The exact definition of a small business varies by industry, but according to the Small Business Administration, it's usually 500 employees or less for mining or manufacturing, and $7.5 million or less in revenue for other industries. Note that there are many exceptions to this rule, and they are listed in detail on the Small Business Administration's website.

 

1. "Insure U Get Smart About Insurance." Accessed April 14, 2016. http://www.insureuonline.org/smallbusiness/.

2. "Insurance Requirements for Employers." The U.S. Small Business Administration | SBA.gov. Accessed April 14, 2016. https://www.sba.gov/managing-business/running-business/insurance/insurance-requirements-employers.

3. "Summary of Size Standards by Industry Sector" The U.S. Small Business Administration | SBA.gov. Accessed April 14, 2016. https://www.sba.gov/contracting/getting-started-contractor/make-sure-you-meet-sba-size-standards/summary-size-standards-industry-sector.

Our Location

Maryann Wain Insurance

1458 S Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Main office: 310-893-1817

Our Providers

Best service ever!! I've been working with them for a few years now- they always get me the best rate! Awesome crew, very helpful- always there to help when I call - prompt and always on time. Could not ask for a better insurance crew. I love this guys! Sophia is the best!! Thank you!!
Roy G.
Sad to see people rate this company lower than a 5. I called Hector Gomez in a panic to get out of my current insurance policy due to a negligent agency. My previous agency quoted me a low price and charged my account $80 more than what she quoted! Hector waved his magic insurance wand and made everything go away, gave me a better policy, and peace of mind. Nationwide is way more up to date with their billing electronically and I'm always aware of what's going on. Any question/s I have, Hector answered them, even late at night when my mind won't shut off and questions kept arising! I highly recommend this company, they're fast, efficient and straight to the point. Thank you guys!
Laura W.
This agency is great!! They are professional, knowledgeable and are there when I need them. The staff are really nice people who are looking to help. I have had bad experiences with the norm insurance agencies but Maryann and her crew seem to make things easier for me. I would recommend this insurance agency to my friends and family!
Natasha R.
Legendary agency. In 2013 my band bought an old transit bus from the city and retrofit it into a tour bus after the advent of a mega-underground national tour. Truth be told I don't know how I ended up on the phone with Edward amidst a sea of dead end insurance calls but within minutes our band finally had our first agent. An insurance agent, yet remarkably more valuable than a booking agent. Safe and insured we hit the road on a most epic road trip. The tale of the band on the moon can probably be read somewhere else on the internet but not here. Fast forward til June 2015 when I am resurrecting the bus for another cross country bound; I'm moments from hitting the road after days of mechanical work to get the engine to fire from being left for dead in Indiana through the winter. I realize the insurance has lapsed. I call and talk to Edward and Sophia and we're insured before we could get a half mile down the road. Since then through storage woes and relocating the bus around southern california Sophia has been diligently helpful and thoughtful checking on my policy and emailing me reminders. Oh and I should not forget to mention her witty charm and overall superb awesomeness. Truly the best service I've ever had with any automobile and they've done it with a moon bus. Thank you!
Greg H.